Big push for stu­dents to sad­dle up

The Oban Times - - News -

LOCHABER High School sec­ond-year pupils hope to get fel­low stu­dents on their bikes for the Big Pedal 2017.

A Sus­trans ini­tia­tive funded by the Bike Hub, the 2017 chal­lenge will run from Mon­day March 20 to Fri­day March 31.

On each day of the chal­lenge, schools com­pete to see who has the high­est num­ber of pupils, par­ents and staff cycling or scoot­ing to school.

There will be daily prize draws for schools that have at least 15 per cent trav­el­ling on two wheels, with the best five days of the chal­lenge de­ter­min­ing the over­all po­si­tion. Pupils from Mrs Mel­drum’s S2 en­ter­prise class have been car­ry­ing out re­search and com­ing up with ways of en­cour­ag­ing their peers and teach­ers to cy­cle dur­ing the chal­lenge and in gen­eral. They looked at the ben­e­fits of cycling and sur­veyed pupils and found only around 14 pupils out of 814 reg­u­larly cy­cle to school.

The pupils have also looked at bar­ri­ers to cycling and ways to over­come th­ese. For ex­am­ple, they are plan­ning to have park and ride ar­eas dur­ing the chal­lenge for peo­ple liv­ing fur­ther afield.

Off Beat Bikes has of­fered free bike ser­vic­ing for any­one who takes part.

Par­ent coun­cil mem­bers Lynsey Shaw and Nix Foster said: ‘ We are de­lighted with how the ini­tia­tive has pro­gressed at Lochaber High School.’

Head teacher Jim Sutherland said: ‘I’m re­ally pleased to see pupils, staff, par­ents, Ac­tive Schools and Sus­trans work­ing to­gether on this pro­ject to im­prove health fit­ness and well-be­ing with a pos­i­tive ef­fect on the en­vi­ron­ment. The sup­port of lo­cal busi­nesses has been in­valu­able.’

Pho­to­graph: Abright­side Pho­tog­ra­phy.

Lochaber High School pupils ready for the Big Pedal 2017.

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